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Identifying Emotional Triggers is Critical to Addiction Recovery

The road to recovery can be a long, winding road. It’s imperative that every addict gathers as much information as possible so they understand the emotional triggers that make alcohol usage that much more likely. Today, we will examine what triggers are and the best ways for those in need of alcohol rehab to lessen their effects.

According to Psychology Today, “A trigger can be thought of as anything that brings back thoughts, feelings, and memories that have to do with addiction.” For addicts, these triggers can vary greatly. Something as simple as hearing a song that was listened to while drinking or passing a liquor store can trigger a response that not only reminds an addict about a time of use – but brings about a desire to use again. Triggers can also be based on something more general like feeling stressed or sad on a given day.

Combatting triggers starts with self-awareness and self-empowerment. It’s vital that an addict changes their mindset from feeling like a victim to understanding that they are extremely brave for choosing to better themselves and deserve credit for this decision.

Once a person makes the decision to identify their personal triggers and overcome them, they need to start monitoring their emotions. When an urge is present, the addict should stop and recognize their emotional state. Was the urge triggered by anger? A memory? Some type of fear? No matter the trigger, the emotion should not be judged. It should simply be recognized so the time can be taken to let the feeling pass and know that it’s going to get better shortly.

Our alcohol rehab center has professionals who have helped countless individuals recognize their emotional triggers and discover the proper path towards overcoming these hurdles. For instance, addicts will leave the treatment center with different strategies they can take advantage of as soon as they feel triggered. These techniques include different breathing exercises that allow a person to clear their mind of thoughts and refocus their awareness. Everyone has the power to take control of their emotions.

We look forward to the opportunity to help all willing individuals learn how to combat triggers and take back control of their lives and well-being. If you or someone you know is looking to break free of the chains of alcohol addiction, give one of our addiction professionals a call at (866) 308-2090.




Resolutions. Who Needs ‘Em?

Resolutions and Addiction Recovery

The start of the new year has come and gone, and our coveted and optimistic list of resolutions is either entirely intact or wholly obliterated and forgotten. If Healthy Resolutions Lighthouseyou have managed to steer clear of gluten and fat and cigarettes for the past couple of weeks, then hats off to you. If you rapidly slipped back into your old ways after several days of white-knuckling, we can’t really blame you. After all, sticking to a diet or cold-turkey quitting a prolonged bad habit is not easy to do. In fact, crash diets typically don’t work for the same reasons attempting to cease drinking entirely without a sustained program of action doesn’t work – if you commit to changing a behavioral pattern, you must make internal, lasting changes that coincide with that behavioral pattern. If you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, cutting out carbohydrates will likely not be enough. You may find yourself binging on bagels in a matter of weeks. Will-power is rarely enough, and cutting one essential dietary staple out of your daily routine will probably leave you with some lingering and slightly overwhelming cravings. It would certainly better behoove you to change your entire lifestyle – changing your eating habits to focus on consuming more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than saying, “no carbs” and restricting yourself until you finally crumble (like the delicious cookie you are greedily shoving into your gullet).

Crash Diets and White-Knuckling Rarely Ever Work

Quitting drinking is similar in the sense that merely saying, “no more booze for me” and avoiding every social gathering you are ever invited to for the rest of your life is typically not an efficient method of obtaining any kind of beneficial or meaningful sobriety. In order to truly reap the most reward from your resolution to quit entirely, you must wholly alter your lifestyle. When it comes to alcoholism or drug addiction, this means changing your attitude and outlook on life – totally altering your perspective as a result of some type of significant spiritual awakening. Wait… what? Undergoing a comprehensive and lasting change in perception seems a little extreme for a New Year’s resolution. Well, this why we say, “To heck with New Year’s Resolutions!” Rather than limiting ourselves to minor goals such as lose 10 pounds, or exercise more, or quit smoking, or cut back on Law and Order SVU reruns, why don’t we strive to completely alter our way of thinking, our outlook on life, and our day-to-day behavioral patterns? Sounds like a solid plan… but how do we go about doing this?

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Resolutions Are Good, But Need to Be Backed by Action

If we struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism, the first step we must take in order to quit is being completely and brutally honest with ourselves. It is likely that we have avoided conceding to our innermost selves that help is a necessity for years and years. We have probably convinced ourselves that our drinking or drug use is still a matter of choice – that we can stop whenever we want to, we just simply aren’t through yet. The deep-seated denial has probably served us, too. Time and time again, we are able to tune out the discord and din and soothe ourselves with the deeply entrenched belief that we have got everything under control. In years past, we may have resolved to quit drinking entirely, or at least cut back significantly. This cunning, baffling, and powerful sense of renunciation has likely crept back in slowly throughout the beginning days of January, until we convince ourselves that ‘just one’ won’t do any real damage – that we definitely deserve it, after two whole weeks of swearing off.

Take an Honest Look at Your Past Resolutions

We can white-knuckle for awhile, but if thorough change is not facilitated we will always wind up right where we left off. If we take an honest look at our past behaviors, can we admit to ourselves that we may be powerless over or drinking or drug use? Have we tried to quit before and been unsuccessful or unable? Have we tried to limit our intake, only to find that we are consuming just as much or more than ever before in a matter of days or weeks? If we answer ‘yes’, we may need to consider looking into a program of comprehensive addiction recovery. While inpatient treatment is not always a necessity, it often proves extremely beneficial for those who have had a difficult time managing use on their own. For more information on addiction recovery, please contact one of our trained representatives today.

Suprising True Facts and Statistics about Alcohol Addiction

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Alcohol Addiction Facts and Statistics

Alcohol is the most abused drug on the planet! This leads to a world of misunderstanding when it comes to the effects of alcoholism. Find some true alcohol addiction facts and statistics below.

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Alcohol Addiction Facts

Here are seven alcohol addiction facts –

• Nearly fourteen million Americans, or one in thirteen, abuse alcohol or are alcoholics.

• Close to twenty million Americans engage in binge and heavy drinking.

• Binge drinking is defined as: having five or more drinks in one sitting (for men), and having four or more drinks in one sitting (for women).

• Heavy drinking is defined as: having fifteen or more drinks per week (for men), and having eight or more drinks per week (for women).

• Alcoholism doesn’t have a single cause. It’s a complex mixture of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors.

• There’s also no test that indicates alcoholism. Medical professionals diagnose on a case-by-case basis. They do this by using medical and family histories, and bio-psychosocial examinations.

• Alcohol abuse is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including: breast, esophagus, larynx, liver, mouth, and pharynx.

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Alcohol Addiction Statistics

Here are eight alcohol addiction statistics –

• In 2006 alone, alcohol abuse cost the United States 223.5 billion dollars.

• In 2012, 24% percent of adults reported engaging in binge drinking during the past month. 7.1% reported engaging in heavy drinking during the past month.

• Also in 2012, almost one and a half million adults received treatment for alcohol abuse. This breaks down to one million men and 416,000 women.

• Nearly 90,000 people die from alcohol related causes each year. This makes alcoholism the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

•8% of all emergency room visits are related to alcohol use.

•33% of all suicides and suicide attempts are related to alcohol misuse.

• Approximately 17% of men and 8% of women will be dependent on alcohol at some point during their lifetime.

• Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the U.S. are used to treat alcohol related health conditions (this excludes hospital beds used for maternity or intensive care purposes).

Did science just discover a cure for alcoholism?

What Do These Alcohol Addiction Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

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These facts and statistics mean a few different things. First, they clearly show the scope of alcoholism in the United States. We have a huge problem! There are a ton of reasons for this, but that’s a whole other article.

These facts and statistics show that alcoholism has a devastating effect on people’s lives. A lot of people drink, and because of this drinking, a lot of people suffer major complications. These run the gambit from medical complications, to addiction issues, to car crashes, to lost money, to death.

Finally, these facts and statistics show that something needs to be done! Alcoholism has been a vice of men and women since we were living in caves. This isn’t likely to change anytime soon. Simply put, we need more treatment centers, and for everyone to have access to these treatment centers, to combat the popularity of alcohol.

Alcoholism is a progressive and deadly disease, therefore successful treatment must be just as progressive and specialized. Fortunately, Lighthouse Recovery Institute takes this idea to heart.

We offer Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment, so our patients can focus on what’s important while in treatment and begin living healthy and successful lives.

Call Lighthouse today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015 to learn more about the importance of gender-specific substance abuse treatment.

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